Posted on May 01, 2015 | by S Mason
Adding a little spice to your life
Herbs have been grown and cultivated for various uses since the beginning of time. Aside from medicinal and beauty purposes, herbs play a big role in kitchens around the world. And if you've gone to the market recently to pick up some basil for pesto or dill to make your own gravlax and been shocked by the price, then you already know why it makes sense to grow your own. With the right conditions, it couldn't be simpler.
Finding the right space
Herbs need sun, at least 6 hours per day. Growing plants in containers on the patio offers more light, and you can bring them inside when the weather gets cold, but a sunny window ledge with a southwestern exposure will work too. If you grow plants indoors make sure you turn them occasionally to allow all plants to get maximum sun exposure. Remember that growing herbs indoors offers convenience and easier accessibility, but for full growth, plants will definitely do best if planted in the ground.
Herbs will grow best in containers if planted in some type of organic growing medium, rather than plain garden soil. Proper drainage is essential, so make sure your container has drain holes. If you want your potting soil to go further, we recommend adding Coco Fiber. One brick of coco fiber will expand to 2 gallons of soil amendment. And while coco fiber does not contain fertilizer or nutrients, it does aerate your growing medium and helps to retain moisture.
You will want to water your plants thoroughly, but less often. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry before watering again.
Herbs grown indoors will not be as prolific as those grown outside in the ground. With that in mind, when you go to harvest them, you will need to be more selective and only pinch an inch or two at the top. This will also encourage them to grow out rather than just up.
With the right conditions and a little luck, you can easily grow your favorite herbs in your own kitchen. All the better to add a little spice to your life.